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    Setback For Meghan Markle In War Against Media

     

    Meghan Markle has suffered a massive setback in her war with the British media.

    According to reports, the Duchess faces thousands in costs after a British judge, Justice Warby threw out her multiple claims against Mail on Sunday in her father’s letter case.

    She had publisher of Mail on Sunday for printing letter to her father.

    Markle had claimed the article in 2019 breached her privacy, copyright and data protection.

    But the Associated Newspapers disputed the claims and argued parts of case be thrown out.

    According to British Media reports, Justice Warby today ‘struck out’ significant parts of her case ahead of trial.

    Meghan is expected to give evidence in High Court.

    Mr Justice Warby has also ‘struck out’ her allegations that journalists had acted dishonestly and had caused the rift between her and her estranged father Thomas by ‘digging up dirt’ to portray Meghan in a ‘negative light’, according to report.


    The Duchess of Sussex, 38, is suing Associated Newspapers over an article which reproduced parts of a handwritten note she sent to Mr Markle, 75, in August 2018, three months after he was unable to walk her down the aisle following a heart attack.

    The former Suits actress claims her father’s decision to make the letter public in February 2019 – days after he was ‘vilified’ by five of her closest friends in a US magazine – had breached her privacy, copyright and data protection rights in a case now dubbed ‘Markle vs Markle’.

    Her London legal team, led by celebrity barrister David Sherborne, also accused journalists of ‘dishonesty’, stirring up conflict between Meghan and her father, and maliciously pursuing an agenda to portray her in a false and damaging light.

    Associated Newspapers [AN], publisher of the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline, made an application to have these three parts of her claim thrown out in an online hearing watched by the Sussexes from Los Angeles last Friday.

    On Friday, May 1, Justice Warby ruled entirely in the publisher’s favour and threw out the claims as ‘irrelevant’.

    The judge is reported to have said “I do not consider the allegations in question go to the heart of the case.”

    In his judgment, he says published at Midday: “I have struck out all the passages attacked in the application notice. Some of the allegations are struck out as irrelevant to the purpose for which they are pleaded. Some are struck out on the further or alternative ground that they are inadequately detailed. I have also acted so as to confine the case to what is reasonably necessary and proportionate for the purpose of doing justice between these parties.”

    Associated Newspapers will also ask the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to pay their costs of in excess of £50,000 after the couple refused their offer to deal with the issue out of court to save the High Court having to set up an online hearing during the coronavirus crisis.

    Meghan’s costs are believed to have been £60,000-plus.

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